Hilde FRAFJORD JOHNSON
Former UN Special Representative to South Sudan; Former Minister of International Development of Norway, Oslo
Hilde Frafjord Johnson has close to 20 years of high-level leadership experience in international positions. She served as Member of the UN Secretary General s High Level Panel for the Review of Peace Operations, covering both peacekeeping and political missions and a Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary General of the Department of Political Affairs in the UN 2014 2015.
In July 2014, she completed her three year tenure as Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) in South Sudan (2011- 2014). Prior to this, she was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (2007-2011), where she was in charge of the organisation's humanitarian operations, crisis response and security issues.
As Minister for International Development of Norway for almost seven years (during 1997-2005) Hilde F. Johnson was in charge of development policies and programmes, as well as humanitarian response. During her ministerial tenure, she was a key player in brokering the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for Sudan in 2005. With a particular engagement also in Afghanistan, Timor Leste, the Great Lakes, and the Sudans, Ms. Johnson has advocated for reforms in the international response to crisis and post conflict settings. In this context she was also Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank, developing its Fragile States policy.
Hilde F. Johnson was also an elected Member of Parliament from 1992-2001. She has her post-graduate degree in Development Anthropology and speaks English, Swahili and French fluently, and has some grasp of German.